Ne-Hi, Tippy

  • Shitty Barn 506 East Madison Street Spring Green, WI, 53588 United States
Photo by Allen Lamb.

Photo by Allen Lamb.

Taking notes from Roxy Music and Wire just as earnestly as they do from Tom Petty, Chicago's Ne-Hi spin a web of guitar-driven pop that feels accessible and sharp. It’s risky to bank on a riff and a vocal hook in the current landscape of popular music, but that’s part of what makes Ne-Hi refreshing. The core elements of the band carry the quality of their music: riff, rhythm, bass line, vocal. No smoke-and-mirrors in production or processing, just good songwriting. Certainly they look to the past for inspiration, but every influence they pull into the mix gets shrouded in a distinctive approach on the 2017 album Offers. Spacious vocal harmonies and calculated, breezy guitar lines sit atop driving bass and drum, cemented together by repetitive, sentimental vocals. Tippy, making its Shitty Barn debut here, is an umbrella outlet for Madison musician Spencer Bible's solo work. This time, Tippy will be playing as the full band that recorded last year's excellent self-titled album of scrappy but deeply felt rock. One of the Shitty Barn’s finest line-ups of the year, no doubt. —Zack Stafford